We're quickly approaching the end of September, which means that Netflix's catalogue is on the brink of once again changing. Every month is a revolving door of titles that leave and enter the streaming service. And while this is pretty standard for movies, whenever a popular TV show is removed from Netflix, it usually gets subscribers pretty testy. Well prepare for for the feels, binge watchers. Because there are some major shows leaving Netflix in October, chief among them being 30 Rock, Prison Break, and One Tree Hill.
This is pretty shocking news, especially 30 Rock. We all know that the long running workplace comedy was Tina Fey's brainchild, and she's now seriously in bed with Netflix through her work in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. You'd think that Fey would want her complete catalogue available for fans, especially if those who binge watch Kimmy Schmidt are looking for another comedy with Fey's signature wit and perspective. Alas, Fey's first collaboration with Jane Krakowski for TV will soon depart, which is sure to upset a fair amount of Netflix subscribers.
Prison Break and One Tree Hill also have some rabid fanbases that appeal to different demographics of Netflix users. The former is no doubt a blow to the rabid fandom, considering that Prison Break recently aired a brand new fifth season on FOX. So instead of the nine new episodes being added to Netflix's collection on Prison Break, the entire series is set to leave in a week or so. The drama was famously known for having Sarah Wayne Callies in a leading role long before Lori Grimes would be introduced in AMC's The Walking Dead.
One Tree Hill will strike the nostalgic hearts of many twenty somethings. The teen drama ran for a whopping nine seasons on The CW, which is still one of the longest running shows that the network has ever had. It was a star making moment for actors like Chad Michael Murray and Austin Nichols, and was shock full of hookups, character deaths, and non-stop drama when it first aired in the early 2000's. Anyone currently in the midsts of binge watching the series better hurry up, because there are only a few days left before all nine seasons disappear from Netflix's library.
Netflix's deals with long running TV shows have been ending fairly quickly lately, and avid TV viewers are not pleased. Just a few months ago, all of Joss Whedon's small screen adventures left the streaming service, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. It's unclear if and when any of the recently departed shows will return to Netflix, but hopefully it's sooner rather than later.
Hardcore TV fans should be sure to check out our fall premiere list to plan their next binge watch, including all of Netflix's original programming.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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